About - Kate Johnston

I create statement pieces of Wearable Art Jewellery

Colourful sculptural jewellery made from mixed materials including: eco-silver, copper, brass, leather, gemstones and Jesmonite. I experiment with casting, etching, patination, mark making, and enamelling.

Since childhood I have been collecting and foraging found objects whether that be an old coin, colourful pebbles, a rusty relic, feathers or sea glass; I have always had an extensive collection of ‘treasures’. Visits to the Norwich Castle Museum and seeing the collection of Egyptian jewellery embedded a fascination for jewellery. I have always made experimental jewellery and curated mini collections.

I studied Theatre Design at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. Theatre and storytelling have always influenced my work.  For many years I have practiced as a community & environmental Artist. Over the years I have developed my jewellery making skills, taking classes in Norwich, Shrewsbury and in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham.

I take inspiration from museum collections and the natural world around me. I am fascinated by unearthed relics, ancient and tribal jewellery and artefacts. I love to discover the ceremonies and stories behind them.

Born and raised in rural Norfolk I have a great love for the North Norfolk coast, and visit often. I work from my studio in Shropshire and often spend time stomping the Shropshire hills. I regularly exhibit in both counties.

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